Pavee Point is part of a project with 90 NGOs across Europe, working to monitor the implementation of National Traveller and Roma Strategies. This is being led by the Central European University.  The Roma Civil Monitor has produced 3 reports.

Report 3 -Traveller accommodation and health worse since recognition of Traveller ethnicity – new report says

Report 2 – No tangible improvements for Travellers and Roma despite National Strategy

Report 1 – published by the European Commission, March 2018

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Civil Society’s assessment becomes part of European Commission’s reporting on Member States’ progress in Roma inclusion

NTRIS Steering Group

The national Traveller Roma Inclusion Strategy is monitored by the National Traveller Roma Inclusion Strategy Steering Group.

Chaired by the Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, the NTRIS steering group is comprised of department officials, and Traveller and Roma civil society representatives.

EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies

In 2011 the Commission published an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020 with the aim of making a ‘tangible difference in Roma lives’ through coordinated action.

The Framework document required each Member State to draw up a national Roma integration strategy up to 2020 with specific actions and funding streams in areas of education, employment, health and housing.

The strategies are required to have a robust monitoring mechanism to ensure concrete results for Roma; follow the ‘10 common basic principles on Roma inclusion’ by the Council of the European Union; and ‘[b]e designed, implemented and monitored in close cooperation and continuous dialogue with Roma civil society, regional and local authorities’.

The Commission monitors Member States’ efforts in advancing Roma inclusion through an annual reporting process. The Commission also has an obligation to report on the implementation and advancing Roma integration under the Council Recommendation on Roma integration measures (adopted in December 2013).

Campaign for a progressive National Strategy

Pavee Point  campaigned for a revised progressive and inclusive National Traveller Roma Integration Strategy since 2012 when Ireland’s first strategy was developed.  A strategy should incorporate the recommendations of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020; and the 10 Common Basic Principles on Roma Inclusion.  This should include:

  • Achievable national goals with targets for Traveller and Roma inclusion.  These goals should address, as a minimum, the four EU Roma integration goals relating to access to education, employment, healthcare and housing;

  • Actions to explicitly address racism towards Roma and Travellers and include measures to address gender inequality; and

  • Clear objectives, actions, impact indicators, time frames, clear lines of responsibility, funding mechanisms and strong inclusive monitoring and evaluation methods.